Sen. Mike Johanns has announced that Phil Petr and Ron Meyer of Blue Hill have been selected as finalists for the national Citizen Service Before Self Honors.
Last December, Johanns nominated the duo for the award for their bravery rescuing five children from a burning bus in rural Webster County.
The award recipients will be announced March 11.
"We will never forget the tragic losses that day in Blue Hill, but I'm very pleased to also recognize the courage and bravery of the citizen heroes who responded without training and without hesitation," Johanns said. "Although we are grateful to all first responders, we are mindful that children's lives were saved because of the heroism shown by Ron and Phil who simply happened upon the scene of the crash. They set a shining example of what it means to put others first and I hope this recognition serves as a small token of the immense gratitude felt by the community and our state."
Each year, the Citizen Service Before Self award honors Americans for their extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism. To be considered for the award, nominees must have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular extraordinary act of heroism or continued commitment to putting others first. The four award recipients will be honored on March 25, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor day.
Courtesy- Sen. Johanns' Office